Wesleyan portrait of Lily Leopold Saint

Lily Leopold Saint

Associate Professor of English

285 Court Street, 308

Coordinator, African Studies


BA University of Pennsylvania
PHD CUNY The Graduate Center

Lily Leopold Saint

Lily Saint is Associate Professor of English at Wesleyan. She is co-editor of African Writers’ Lives, a new series of intellectual biographies (Boydell & Brewer) for which she is writing a biography of J.M. Coetzee. Her first book Black Cultural Life in South Africa: Reception, Apartheid, and Ethics (University of Michigan Press 2018) explores the nexus of ethics and cultural practice in apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa. Saint co-edited a special issue of the Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry on "Genre in Africa" (2017) and has published articles and essays in  NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction, the Journal of African Cultural Studies, the Journal of the African Literature Association, Postcolonial Studies, the Journal of African Cinemas, and elsewhere.

At Wesleyan, she teaches classes on global and postcolonial literature and theory, contemporary and canonical African novels, and ethical theory.

Professor Saint has a Ph.D. in English from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, which was awarded the Irving Howe Prize for Best Dissertation Involving Politics and Literature in 2011. She has a B.A. in the History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to Wesleyan, she taught in the English department at the University of Pittsburgh.

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Location: 285 Court #308

2019-2020 On sabbatical/leave


Fall 2020
ENGL 221 - 01
The African Novel I

ENGL 316 - 01
Rethinking World Literature

Spring 2021
ENGL 239 - 01
The Empire Writes Back

ENGL 365 - 01
Ethics and Literature